Programs

Japanese Snow Festival (Mid-Winter Recess)

The Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) is one of Japan’s most popular winter festivals. It takes place for an entire week in February and in 2018, CMOM will have its own Japanese Snow Festival. All week long take part in ice and snow inspired programs, and experience performances and workshops by dancers, musicians, chefs and artists who will share the art forms and traditions of Japan.

The Color of Ice: Ice experiments and Ice cream making
During the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan many of the ice and snow sculptures incorporate color through lighting and projections. In this workshop we will color ice through chemical reactions to create ice paintings and real ice cream!
Saturday, February 17 | 11 am & 12pm | Ages 6 & Older| Sign-up
Sunday, February 18 | 11 am, 12, 2, 3, & 4 pm | Ages 6 & Older| Sign-up
Sunday, February 25 | 11 am, 12, 2, 3, & 4 pm | Ages 6 & Older| Sign-up

Kamishibai Storytelling
Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern kawaii-inspired stories.
Saturday – Sunday, February 17 – February 25 | 2 pm | All ages | Drop-in

Snow Ball Sculptures
The Sapporo Snow Festival started when high schoolers made snowmen along a park in 1950. Create your own snow sculpture using snowballs that won’t melt and explore the variety of snow and ice sculptures exhibited during the 2018 Snow Festival in Japan.
Monday & Tuesday, February 19 & 20 | 11 am & 12 pm |Sign-up

Kaoru Watanabe Taiko
The Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center preserves, teaches, and promotes various styles of taiko (Japanese drumming) and shares elements of Japanese music and culture through this drumming performance.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.
Monday, February 19 | 2 & 3 pm | All ages | Ticketed

Snow Storm Installation
Use a variety of Origami techniques to create snowflakes and create icicles with beads to turn our classroom into a winter wonderland.
Monday – Friday, February 19 – 23 | 3 – 4:30 pm | Drop-in

Rice Snowmen with Chef Misako Sassa
Japanese cuisine expert, Misako Sassa of the Japanese Culinary Studio NYC shares techniques to create cute and expressive yukidaruma musubi (snowman rice balls)!
Tuesday, February 20 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & Older | Sign-Up

3D Hologram Maker
During the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan many of the ice and snow sculptures incorporate color through lighting and projections. Learn more about the science of optics and projections to create your very own 3D hologram display that can be used with any smartphone!
Wednesday – Friday, February 21 – 23 | 11 am & 12 pm| Ages 6 & Older | Sign-up

Origami Ice with Theresa Hong
Origami artist Theresa Hong shares a variety of paper folding techniques to create snowflake and star models, and even action origami that moves.
Wednesday, February 21 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up

Sachiyo Ito Dance
Sachiyo Ito and Company will present exquisitely beautiful and elegant Japanese classical dances from the 19th century, and a work choreographed by Sachiyo Ito. Sachiyo Ito and Company is dedicated to creating a bridge between the US and Japan through artistic performances and educational programs.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.
Thursday, February 22 | 2 & 3 pm | All ages | Ticketed

Ice Sculptures with Okamoto Studio
Okamoto Studio is a New York-based collective best known for their design, production, and consultation of everything made of crystal clear ice. Artists from Okamoto Studio will share techniques for creating real ice sculptures.
Saturday, February 24 | 2:30 And 3:30 Pm | Ages 6 & Older | Sign-Up

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

**Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

Program schedule is subject to change.

Collage Collaborations — Juan Hinojosa

Little makers and their grownups are invited to work with New York City’s up and coming professional artists! Collage Collaborations is an exhibition and family program series that introduces artists who use collage. In this technique artist cut, tear and glue different materials to create a whole new image. Each Collage Collaboration introduces a different artist. Explore their unique artistic styles and learn about their process as you help them create an artwork to go on display at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Collage Collaborations: Juan Hinojosa
Artist Juan Hinojosa uses recycled materials and found images in his colorful collages. Familiar characters and objects are transformed into elaborate images of color and texture. Together with Juan you will color in and cut out, shapes, superheroes, and other characters to help Juan create a collaborative mural.
Saturday & Sunday, February 17 & 18 | 1 pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

Collage Collaborations
Contribute to artist Juan Hinojosa’s collage collaboration. Together with Museum Educators, you create your own character collages and cut-out artworks that come together in a collaborative mural.
Monday– Friday, February 19 – 23 | 12 pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

Funding for these programs was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Target Free First Friday Night

Come play for FREE at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan during Target Free First Friday Nights – every first Friday of the month.

With five fabulous floors of fun on West 83rd Street, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a destination for delight, discovery, and learning! We create experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and humanities, to ensure children thrive at home, at school, and in the community. Our hands-on learning environment, programs, and curricula are all produced through an alchemy of fun, research, and museum science.

International Women's Festival featuring a celebration of Holi, Astronaut Mae C. Jamison, music, and much more!

The Children’s Museum celebrates equality, empowerment, and talent during this year’s International Women’s Day. In this weekend-long festival meet designers, chefs, and performers to explore world culture and tradition. This year our International Women’s Empowerment Weekend aligns with the Hindu Festival of Holi. Our partners from The Culture Tree will help you experience this  Indian Festival of Colors on Saturday, March 3.

Book Reading for Holi the Festival of Colors
Learn about the historic significance and origins of Holi, how it is celebrated in India and all over the world. Anu Sehgal will read familiar children’s stories about this colorful festival.
Saturday, March 3 | 11 am | All ages| Drop-in

Art Activity: Create a Holi Card
Designer Shaazma Husain helps you create cards that represent this beautiful and colorful festival. Create your own Holi cards with the rich and vibrant colors using spray painting technique.
Saturday, March 3 | 11:30 am | All ages | Drop-in

Spice Up Your Life!
Learn about Indian spices, their health benefits and their origins in a culinary segment led by Chef Kanchan Koya, author of Spice Spice Baby. Learn how to make kaju barfi, a traditional Indian sweet made with cashews and spices.
Tastings provided. Recipe Includes Nuts.
Saturday, March 3 | 12 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*

Dance Workshop and Performance
In this dance workshop and performance, Apoorva Sastry will teach some key mudras or dance gestures, followed by a Bharatanatyam performance. Bharatanatyam is a major genre of Indian classical dance.
Saturday, March 3 | 1 pm | All ages| Drop-in

Meet the Authors: The Ladoo Books
The authors of the Ladoo book series, Vaibhav Malankar and Ankita Sagar read fun children stories about Indian culture and language! In this session they will read the festive Mela Night and Pooja Day books.
Saturday, March 3 | 2 pm | All ages | Drop-in

Storytelling: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Inspiring girls to dream bigger, Rebel Girls 1 and 2 share stories about some of the most influential women in history like Nefertiti, J.K Rowling, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Beyoncé.
Sunday, March 4 | 11 am and 4 pm | All ages | Drop-in

Blast Off: Mae C. Jemison
Explore the science behind spaceships and help us create our own spaceship Endeavor to blast off! Learn about Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first African-American woman to be admitted into the astronaut training program and the first in space!
Sunday, March 4 | 12 pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

Change the World Campaign Pins
Design your own campaign pin with a goal for change! Learn about the women in politics trying to change the world. Get inspired by their work to come up with a goal like starting a book drive, cleaning up your neighborhood or collecting canned foods for people in need.
Sunday, March 4 | 11 am & 12 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*

Musical Performance Johanna Castaneda
Enjoy a musical performance from Johanna Castaneda—singer and cuatro (four stringed guitar-like instrument) player specializing in Musica Llanera, the music of the Plainsmen (Cowboys) of Colombia.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.
Sunday, March 4, 2017| 2 & 3 pm| All Ages | Ticketed**

 

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

**Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

Hinamatsuri Celebration

Hinamatsuri Toy Factory
Celebrate child innovation and ingenuity at the Children’s Museum as we explore Hinamatsuri or the Japanese Doll Festival. Hinamatsuri is traditionally celebrated in March and marks a special time to give thanks for the health and development of girls—ensuring their health, well-being and success.

 

Hinamatsuri Toy Sculptures
Create a toy sculpture inspired by the different doll designs celebrated during the Japanese Doll Festival Hinamatsuri. Explore designs like the paper hitogata doll, the wooden kokeshi doll and the clay hina-asobi doll.
Saturday, March 10 | 11 am & 12pm | Ages 6 & Older | Sign-up*
Sunday, March 11 | 11 am, 12, 2, 3 & 4 pm | Ages 6 & Older | Sign-up*

Imaginary Friends with Illustrator Aya Kakeda
Create your own kawaii friend and learn about character design with the Society of Illustrator’s award winning artist, Aya Kakeda.
Saturday, March 10 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*

Kamishibai Storytelling
Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join Children’s Museum Educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern kawaii-inspired stories.
Saturday & Sunday, March 10 & 11 | 2pm | All ages | Drop-in

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Irish Arts Fest!

Irish Arts Fest!
Celebrate Irish cultural expression at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with a weekend full of art & crafts, stories and design workshops. Create a leprechaun hat, design a colorful stained-glass artwork.

Magical Stained Glass
Create magically shrinking stained glass art inspired by the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement.
Saturday, March 17, 2017 | 11 am & 12pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*

Irish Arts Center
Join teaching artists from the Irish Arts Center for a hands-on design workshop. Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century.
Saturday, March 17, 2017 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*

Lucky Leprechaun Hats
Create a green leprechaun hat to wear on St. Patrick’s Day as you learn about Irish traditions and celebrations.
Saturday, March 17 | 12 pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

Celtic Knotwork
Brush up on your tying skills as you create bracelets, necklaces, and woven pieces of art inspired by Celtic knots.
Sunday, March 18 | 12 pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Women’s Empowerment Festival

Women’s Empowerment Festival
The Children’s Museum celebrates equality, empowerment and talent during this year’s Women’s History Month. Join us for film and animation workshops, art installations and interactive storytelling.

 

The Vision Behind the Movies
Get into the director’s seat to film your own stop-motion animation! Explore the world of film and the amazing women directing the biggest movies today like Patty Jenkins director of Wonder Woman and Ava DuVernay who is directing A Wrinkle in Time.
Saturday March 24 | 11am, 12, 2, 3 & 5pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*
Sunday, March 25 | 11am, 12, 2, 3, & 4pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*

Circles of Funk
Explore the works of artist Xenobia Bailey and her project Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funkconsisting of concentric circles and patterns. Use yarn and funky colors to create your very own design inspired by Xenobia’s work!
Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25 | 12pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

Storytelling: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Children’s Museum Educators share the stories from this New York Times bestseller. Inspiring girls to dream bigger, Rebel Girls 1 and 2 has stories about some most influential women like Nefertiti, J.K Rowling, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Beyoncé.
Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25 | 11am and 4pm | All ages | Drop-in

Celebrating the Ballerina with American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
Dancers from American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School share what it takes to become a classical ballerina. Enjoy a
 family-friendly performance, demonstrations and a dance workshop led by ABT Teaching Artists.   
Boys and girls are encouraged to participate.
Sunday, March 25 | 2 & 3 pm | All ages | Ticketed**

 

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.
**Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

 

 Program schedule is subject to change.